At Garsington: A Platée with Pizzazz Aplenty

June 5, 2024 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON—Of the English country garden festivals that have proliferated in recent years, only one has given Glyndebourne a run for its money. Garsington Opera boasts an award-winning Perspex pavilion that nestles in the verdant surroundings … » Read


Concert as Showcase of the Whole and Parts of Jaap's Impact

June 4, 2024 | George Loomis, Musical America
With a program on Thursday evening (May 30) consisting of three concertos from three different centuries, the New York Philharmonic reached the midpoint of its final concerts under Music Director Jaap van Zweden, who steps down at the end of the … » Read


Esteemed Critic Praises Esteemed Pianist—and Her Wardrobe

May 31, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Anyone who thinks classical music concerts are stuffy homages to outdated traditions has never seen (and heard) Yuja Wang perform. The 37-year-old superstar has established herself, writes Alex Ross in The New Yorker , as a player who … » Read


'Discovered' Loeffler Octet Is Vintage Americana

May 30, 2024 | Steve Smith, Musical America
“I have to say, you guys are very brave, showing up to hear a piece that hasn’t been heard in 127 years,” clarinetist Graeme Steele Johnson cheerily greeted an audience in Gilder Lehrman Hall at the Morgan Library & Museum … » Read


Heggie's Opera About Nazism Is Alarmingly Timely

May 29, 2024 | Wynne Delcacoma, Musical America
CHICAGO— Before It All Goes Dark , the newest opera by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, commissioned by the Music of Remembrance organization, is short. A one-act piece, it’s barely 40 minutes long. The musical forces … » Read


Peter Sellars Stages the Road to the Apocalypse

May 28, 2024 | Fred Cohn, Musical America
Environmental themes run through much of director Peter Sellars’s work. In his 2019 Salzburg Idomeneo , the god Neptune sought revenge on the human race for spoiling the oceans. His libretto for John Adams’s 2005 Doctor Atomic … » Read


LA Opera's Turandot: Third Time's the Charm

May 22, 2024 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
LOS ANGELES—What to do with Puccini’s Turandot ?  Among the most popular operas on the boards—thanks in particular to “Nessun dorma”—it is also one of the most difficult to stage convincingly. It has … » Read


Diane Paulus's New, Overwrought Carmen

May 20, 2024 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LEWES—According to the arts commentator Richard Morrison, writing in the London Times, unless there’s a shift in political will (which seems unlikely) the distinctly English curiosity known as “country house opera” may … » Read


Met Orfeo Returns with a Star in His Role Debut

May 20, 2024 | George Loomis, Musical America
If admirers of choreographer Mark Morris helped to ensure the warm reception accorded his production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice upon its return to the Metropolitan Opera May 16, fans of Anthony Roth Costanzo were similarly celebratory as … » Read


Langrée & Co. Say Goodbye

May 17, 2024 | Ken Smith, Musical America
CINCINNATI – What happens to your fond farewells when your guest of honor is late to the party? The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra had earmarked the end of the current season with a two-week tribute to outgoing Music Director Louis … » Read

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